FIFA World Cup: Croatia beat Japan 3-1 on penalty kicks to reach quarter-finals

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Qatar: Croatia won the first penalty shootout at the 2022 World Cup to progress to the quarter-finals in Qatar.

Japan missed three spot kicks during the shootout while Croatia only missed one.

The penalty shootout came after a 1-1 draw in normal time. Both sides failed to score in extra time.

Both Japan and Croatia squandered a few early opportunities to score. But, just minutes before the half-time whistle, Daizen Maeda opened the scoring for Japan from a well-worked corner kick. Early into the second-half, Ivan Perisic put Croatia level 1-1 through a terrific header.

The two teams couldn’t be separated in 90 minutes, pushing the match into extra-time for the first time in this edition of the FIFA World Cup. Even in the extra-time, the two teams couldn’t be separated. The Croatian goalkeeper stepped up in the shootout as his side secured a 3-1 (1-1) win in the penalty shootout.

Japan’s bid to reach the last eight for the first time in their history came to a crushing end after another display of the sort which saw off Spain and Germany on their way to topping Group E.

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